Who will win the Atlantic Division?

After asking our readers to choose the winners of Center And the Pacific Divisions next season, it’s time to head toward the Eastern Conference. While the Pacific Division’s vote was split roughly evenly between the Edmonton Oilers (who were superior) and the Calgary Flames, the Colorado Avalanche dominated the vote counter for the middle, receiving more than 62% of the vote. No other team has more than 15%.

The Eastern Conference, like last season, holds more intrigue. With the turbulent season turbulent, there is a readiness to shuffle the deck, with the downfall of former giants and the emergence of cocky teams.

No team can embody it better than last season’s Presidents Cup winners – the Florida Panthers. Last season’s 58-18-6 record was the best in the team’s history by far, but they took off coolly in the second round, swept away by Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

The disappointment in that playoff prompted a host of changes, starting from behind the bench. Temporary coach and Jack Adams Prize Winner Andrew Brunette He was fired in favor of the veteran coach Paul Morris, which aims to remove the defensive gaps of the team that eliminated them in the end. This would be a tough challenge with a defense core already missing Mackenzie and jealous Via trade and their most notable additions were veterans Mark Steele And the Michael Del Zotto. The renewal in the attack also affected the team’s scoring depth, with a rising star Mason’s career Departure by free agency and concession Jonathan Huberdeau has been replaced by Matthew Tkachuk. The team will also have to manage the first few months of the season without Anthony Docklerwhich rehabilitates an Achilles tendon injury.

The Toronto Maple Leafs last season scored 115 points to finish second in the First Division, but they also had successes on the list. A new synonym for the goal Matt Murray And the Ilya Samsonov He asks more questions than gives answers, and the team will be missed Ilya Mikheev And the Ondrej Casey as the most important depth points. They have regained some of that depth in the form of Erinkrock Street Signing into the agency is free, but the team will pretty much have to restart it with question marks in the grid.

The 2021-22 season was a three-way season for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who finished third in the Atlantic en route to their third consecutive Stanley Cup Final appearance. After losing in the final, though, they’ll need to figure out how to make up for the losses Ondrej Balat And the Ryan McDonagh largely internally. They will bet on a great breakthrough season from the front Brandon Hagel, who paid dearly at the trade deadline for just this reason. They will also have to pass the beginning of the year without the Selke-caliber center Anthony Cirelliwho is likely to miss until December due to a shoulder injury.

Boston Bruins bring Patrice Bergeron And the David Krigsey Back on one last trip, but they’d have to do without it Brad MarchandAnd the Charlie McAvoyAnd the Matt GerzelecAnd the Mike Riley to start the season. With that level of firepower out of the lineup, that could pose a problem in such a competitive department. The apparent reduction behind the bench also means the team may struggle to reach the 50-100 point mark again this season.

The Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings made amazing bursts in the free agency, shaping up to make it a six-team race over three to five playoffs in the Atlantic. Ottawa additions to Alex DeBrinkat And the Claude Giroud giving them one of the top six players in the conference, while Detroit’s additions to David PeronAnd the Andrew CopeAnd the Ben Shearot Giving them high quality depth to support their growing stars.

While the Buffalo Sabers and Montreal Canadiens will likely be at the bottom of the division once again, both will be looking to take steps forward with a major improvement expected from the cornerstone of their young franchise. Owen PowerThe rookie performance will be the story all season in Buffalo, while Cole Caufield He would be looking to turn his Elite Skill into the consistency required to be an All-Star.

So, PHR readers, we ask you again – who do you think will win the Atlantic League next season? Be sure to vote in the poll below and leave a comment below to contribute to the discussion.

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